Fort St. James National Historic Site

Fort St. James National Historic Site

Fort St. James National Historic Site
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This completely restored Hudson’s Bay Company post, located on the shores of Stuart Lake, was an economic powerhouse of trade and commerce in the 19th Century. It is the largest group of original wooden buildings depicting the fur trade in Canada and portrays the relationship between the fur traders and the Carrier First Nation. Costumed interpreters provide a first hand look at how people lived, ate, worked and died more than a century ago.
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Maps708902
5 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
This is a great historical place to visit! The personnel are entertaining and informative. The location at the east end of beautiful Stuart Lake has been the site of an important fur trading fort for a couple centuries! There's lots to see and learn. And, for fun, they have chicken races you can bet on! Fun for kids and adults alike. The entrance fees are very reasonable too.
Written July 15, 2022
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Elaine A
Vancouver, Canada41 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
The historic buildings set in the beautiful scenery are unsurpassed by any other site in BC. The park guides were all informative, funny and friendly. The spear game was so much fun. Everyone should go to Fort St. James.
Written June 26, 2022
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Penticton, Canada249 contributions
Jun 2022
Well done, Parks Canada. A trip back in time with the staff in period dress, their historical knowledge and layout and artifacts of this time period. Had lunch on site and it was terrific to dine on outside picnic tables overlooking the lake and surrounding greenery. Such a lovely spot and so well created to show off to visitors. The chicken races were fun.
Written June 25, 2022
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Kevin G
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May 2022 • Family
We travelled from Alberta in the early season and had an amazing bed and breakfast experience. The staff were amazingly friendly and inviting, gave us all the info on these historic buildings and my teenager was excited about learning the history of the fur trade. Anything that gets a teenager WANTING to learn about history is pretty cool. Can't recommend this place enough for travellers seeking a really authentic historic experience. Thank you Fort StJames for your hospitality!!
Written June 23, 2022
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Patricia M
13 contributions
Sep 2021
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Material was well presented and staff very friendly, knowledgeable and informative. I've never seen such a variety and quantity of furs. I'd love to come back and stay at the main house, which can be rented as B&B
Written September 7, 2021
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keen72762
Vancouver, Canada185 contributions
Jul 2021
Great experience! Our guide was amazing. Older gentleman, long grey hair. Really knew his stuff. The chicken races were so fun! This was great value. Our 6 year old had so much fun.

Our only complaint is they didn't have much in way of talking about Indigenous experiences at the Fort.
Written August 5, 2021
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Danhogg
Taylor, Canada1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Family
What an amazing look back at history. We met a curator at “closing time”; but she graciously gave a quick tour and explained what we were seeing. Absolutely impressed by her knowledge and the restoration and preservation of this very historic sight.
I would recommend everyone take a few hours of time to learn of this historic site.
Written July 6, 2021
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lynloco
Edmonton, Canada20 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
Absolutely fantastic stop. We we're a bit worried this stop would be fairly dull due to covid, but Jim made our experience in the fort a highlight of our camping trip. He gave us loads of interesting facts and history about the fort, showed us the animals, and recommended the Cafe for a bite to eat. It was closed the day we were there, but we made a separate trip back the next day to try their pulled rabbit sandwiches and gingerade. Was totally worth it! 10/10 would come back. Would be a great day out for families.
Written September 8, 2020
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DJC
Vancouver, Canada106 contributions
Aug 2020
Fascinating place gives you a much better understanding of the fur trade era. Very worthwhile doing a side trip to this place.
Written September 7, 2020
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Ken L
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada130 contributions
Aug 2020
We were camping at Paarens Beach on Stuart Lake and came to the Fort St. James Historic Site for a visit. We really enjoyed it. The people we met were wonderful (Jim and Nicole) and provided lots of information about the Fort and its history and also about the town and area itself. The Fort is full of really interesting artifacts and buildings from the time it was in operation. Also, the Fort is right on Stuart Lake which is a very large lake so it just feels very cool to be there and looking out at this giant lake. We enjoyed our time there so much that we came back the next day and ate at the restaurant. We had the pulled rabbit sandwich which was delicious with a big enough portion to feel satisfied. Oh, they also have vegetarian dishes. And, this being the summer of 2020, we were in the middle of a pandemic so much of the Fort's activities were not operating. The whole experience will be even better when the COVID-19 pandemic is behind all of us!!!!
Written August 19, 2020
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